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Tuk-tuk taxi maker aims to make inroads in US
DENVER (AP) -- They're ubiquitous in Asia, swarming the bustling streets of Bangkok, New Delhi and Beijing....

Yellen: 1st rate hike likely by year end if economy improves
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday she expects to begin raising interest rates later this year - if the job market improves and the Fed is confident inflation will climb closer toward its target rate....

Wal-Mart's push on animal welfare hailed as game changer
NEW YORK (AP) -- Wal-Mart's push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say....

Clinton appears to rule out return of ground forces in Iraq
HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) -- Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton says U.S. ground forces should not be sent back to Iraq....

Tobacco firms get partial win over claims on smoking effects
WASHINGTON (AP) -- America's largest tobacco companies must inform consumers that cigarettes were designed to increase addiction, but not that they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday....

Obama's Senate allies hope to endorse his trade bill Friday
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda hope to fend off hostile Senate amendments Friday and send a major trade bill to the House, where another fierce debate awaits....

US consumer prices ticking up as Fed weighs first rate hike
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Core consumer prices outside of food and energy posted the biggest increase in April in more than a year, suggesting that an improving U.S. economy is finally starting to lift prices. That could prompt the Federal Reserve to start raising interest rates later this year....

US stocks mostly unchanged on lower oil, higher inflation
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks were mostly unchanged in afternoon trading Friday as energy companies fell along with the price of oil. Investors are weighing the latest batch of corporate earnings results and a report showing a slight increase in inflation last month....

Currency tumbles as Venezuelans look to offload bolivars
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A staggering plunge in the free market value of Venezuelan currency sent people scrambling to sell off their depreciating bolivars Friday....

Toyota promises to help find cause of Takata airbag defects
TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota vowed to help pinpoint the cause of a defect in air bags used in more than 50 million vehicles worldwide, saying the auto industry risks losing the trust of car buyers if the problem drags on unresolved....

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